Wyatt and Bethel Rucker left an indelible mark on Everett. Around 1890, the pair bought the land that now makes up the city before selling off plats to investors and new residents. Today, the brothers still lend their name to a major city thoroughfare, a neighborhood, and two flashy landmarks: The pyramidal family tomb in Evergreen Cemetery and a mansion looking out over Port Gardner Bay. The latter hit the market last week for a cool $3.5 million.
While the exterior is a mix of styles, as its 1975 National Register of Historic Places nomination form notes, its exterior look is more restrained than whimsical. It takes the most stately parts of Queen Anne and Italianate architecture and blends in some colonial and Georgian revival styles. A porch with doric columns wraps around a symmetrical brick facade; thick, bracketed eaves highlight large gables on the top floor.
The whole family—the two brothers, their mother, and Bethel’s wife Ruby—moved in around when the house was built in 1905. There was more than enough room for all of them and then some. The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, four-story home is nearly 10,000 square feet with a list of rooms straight off a Clue board: A conservatory spanning three sides of the house is lined with rock gardens and water features. Stone archways in the leather-walled smoking room used to connect to the dining room. The top-floor ballroom features multiple view balconies with columns for catching some fresh air.
The exhaustive list of purpose-built rooms has even morphed over the years: The original billiard room is now a media room, and the original card room has been converted into the new billiard room.
While the mansion has plenty of updates for modern life—and some restoration work to reverse past updates—it’s packed with historic curiosities. The entrance hall, decked out with white-oak boxbeam ceilings, retains its original light fixture and velvet wall coverings. Beveled windows throughout use zinc instead of lead, giving them a longer life. The parlor has newer wall coverings, but older, water-damaged silks hide behind them for posterity. The library, featuring a bay window with a water view, still has its original glass-door bookcases.
One bathroom even has a ribcage shower, an early-20th-century marvel that shoots water from the showerhead as well as four rungs descending either side, with two lower showerheads specifically designed for massaging the liver. As if that weren’t enough of a trip to the bathroom museum, it also has a sitz bath designed for soaking one's sitting parts. Fittingly, the most recently renovated room in the home is also a bathroom that includes a shower with six heads controlled by a touch screen.
While many vintage carriage houses—those garage precursors from back when the wealthy had to store both carriages and horses—have been converted to ADUs, the 4,300 square foot outbuilding here still has its hay chutes and horse stalls.
There are plenty more headline attractions, like the beautiful central staircase, each perfectly Victorian bedroom, a hidden office storage wall, the nearly three acres of land, and a veritable cornucopia of fireplaces. This house has a lot of history, but even more room for new happenings.
Listing Fast Facts
412 Laurel Drive, Everett
List Date: 5/5/2021
List Price: $3.5 million
Listing Agent: Daniel Gunderson, Windermere